Rain halts Eastern Amateur heading to Sunday
James Clark
James Clark

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Stormy weather suspended play at the 59th Eastern Amateur at 1:09 p.m. EDT, and that was the last golf played on Saturday during the tournament's third round.

The event, typically 72 holes, has been shortened to just 54 holes according to the Eastern Amateur's Twitter account. Players will resume their positions from the third round, completing that score and concluding the 2015 tournament.

Georgia Tech sophomore James Clark led by two shots after the first two rounds, as was not yet done with his front nine on Saturday before the horns blew.

The second round saw higher scores than the first day, with steady winds and thick rough to blame.

Clark, however, found the conditions very manageable. The Columbus, Ga. native posted a bogey-free 64 (6-under) that included four birdies on the front nine (his final nine). Clark hasn’t made a bogey thus far and sits at 8-under total, two shots clear of second place.

First-round leader Colton Yates started off two-under par through his first nine holes (back nine) but an errant tee shot and a penalty stroke on the ninth green led to a 2-over back nine and a round of even-par 70 on Friday.

Results For Eastern Amateur Golf Tournament
1GAJames ClarkColumbus, GA50068-64-66=198
2NYDaniel YustinEast Amherst, NY40069-67-62=198
3VAAdam HortonChesapeake, VA30068-69-64=201
4FLAndrew AlligoodSaint Johns, FL30067-71-64=202
5PAChristopher CrawfordBensalem, PA30066-70-68=204

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ABOUT THE Eastern Amateur

The Eastern Amateur is a 72 hole stroke play event that perennially attracts a top-drawer field. The tournament has been played -- with the exception of 1977 and 1999 -- at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Elizabeth Manor is a par 70 Dick Wilson design in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The impressive list of winners includes U.S. Open winners Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy Bean, Hubert Green, Jim Furyk and Steve Jones. Other notables who have played in the Eastern Amateur are Lanny Wadkins, Arron Oberholser, Steve Marino, Scott Hoch, Clarence Rose, Gary Koch, Bob Tway, John Rollins, Fred Funk, Carl Petterson, Chip Beck, Jim Simons, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Melnyk, Andy Bean and Steve Liebler. Liebler won the who the Eastern in three different decades and is the only golfer to have ever qualified for the USGA Junior, USGA Amateur, USGA Open, USGA Public Links, USGA Senior Open and USGA Senior Amateur as well as representing his state in the USGA Team competition.

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